The Department of Homeland Security is sending additional federal agents to the U.S. Capitol to help quell violence from supporters of President Trump who are protesting Congress’s formal approval of President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
A spokesperson told the Associated Press on Wednesday that officers from the Federal Protective Service and U.S. Secret Service agents are being sent to the scene. He said their assistance was requested by U.S. Capitol Police.
Dozens of Trump supporters breached security perimeters and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote and affirm Biden’s presidential win. They were seen fighting with officers both inside the building and outside.
Trump has riled up his supporters by falsely claiming widespread voter fraud to explain his loss.
( Read more from the Associated Press ) Protesters outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo) Trump supporters stand on a U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol while Congress works to certify the Electoral College votes. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Trump supporters take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the Capitol. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb on walls at the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters) Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters) Demonstrators breach barricades to enter the Capitol. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A protester holds a Trump flag inside the Capitol. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) A supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protest inside the US Capitol. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Trump supporters in the Capitol Rotunda. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) A Capitol Police officer shoots pepper spray at a demonstrator attempting to enter the Capitol. (Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Mike Theiler/Reuters) Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., comforts Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., while taking cover as protesters disrupt the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) Capitol Police officers point their guns at a door in the House chamber that was vandalized. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) A protester sits in the Senate chamber. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Protesters interact with Capitol Police inside the Capitol building. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Trump supporters gather across from the Capitol. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the Capitol. (Roberto Schmidt//AFP via Getty Images) An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. (Leah Millis/Reuters) A note left by a Trump supporter in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) _____ Read more from Yahoo News: